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was responsible. then later, cia officials contacted the senators and said the acting director misspoke, and it was actually the cia that changed the talking points. as we said last night, it is a bit of a mess and a real headache for president obama who defended susan rice today but did not mention libya. >> all right, guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. >> mr. president, can you care to -- >> thank you so much, guys. >> can you tell us about that? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done. >> here to talk about it, the former cia officer, he is a senior fellow at the defense of democracies, also joining us, national security contributor, fran townsend, president bush's homeland security adviser. currently sits on the advisory committee. fran, you have been at a white house when a nominee or potential nominee has been in trouble. you know what a high stakes meeting this was, yesterday, between ambassador rice and three of her toughest critics. usually a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like this. and it makes me all the more surpri
to remove any links. if you recall former cia director david petraeus mate to the committee, he said that the acting director misspoke and that the cia changed the talking points. later he said it was actually the cia that changed the talking points. it is a bit of a mess and a headache for president obama who defended susan rice today but did not mention libya. >> thank you we want to get back to work. thank you so much, guys. >> can you talk about it at all? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done at the u.n. [ applause ] >> here to talk about it sh, a senior fellow at the foundation of the defense of democracies. also joining us, fran townsend. fran, you have been at the white house when a nominee or potential nominee is in trouble with members of congress, you know when a high stakes meeting this was between ambassador rice and three of her harshest senate critics. usually a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like that. that makes it all the more surprising to me and i'm sure to you that the acting cia director michael morrell would st
said the fbi was responsible and then the cia contacted senators and said the acting director misspoke and it was actually the cia who changed the talking points. we said last night, it's a bit of a mess and a real change for president obama who defended susan rice today, but did not mention libya. >> guys, thank you. we want to get back to work. thank you so much, guys. >> any talk on that at all? >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she has done for the u.s.. >> here to talk about it the former cia officer raul gerecht and also joining us, fran townsend. she was president gorge w. bush's homeland security adviser, serves on the cia's external advisory committee. fran, have you been at the white house when a potential nominee is in trouble with a member of congress. you know what a high-spakes meeting this was. a lot of preparation goes into a meeting like this, and that makes it more surprising to me, and i'm sure to you, that the acting cia director, michael morrell would stumble so badly. first, saying the fbi, changed those public talking points and havin
was talking to talking points edited. if you recall former cia trek tore david petreaus made the committee. the act the cia director said the fbi was responsible. later he said it was actually the cia that changed the talking points. it is a bit of a mess and a headache for president obama who defended susan rice today but did not mention libraya. >> thank you we want to get back to work. susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job that she has done. [ applause ] . >> here to talk about it. senior fellow at the foundation of the defense of democracies. also joining us, fran townsend. you have been at the white house when a nominee is in trouble with members of congress, you know when a high stakes meeting this was between ambassador rice. the acting cia director would stumble so badly. do you think if it was an innocent mistake it adds fuel to the fire? >> this was the event took place on september the 11th. the first few days are understandable. you can sort of excuse that. but this far later it is unfortunate. mike morell. he had been senate confirmed at the deputy prior
is the new video that documents event around the bin laden kill and it's chock full of controversy. c.i.a. opened the door and file to the movie producers. here is a cliff of "zero dark thirty." >> do you really believe this story? >> usama bin laden. yeah. >> what part convinceed you? >> her confidence. >> if you're right, the whole world is going to want in on this. ♪ ♪ >> eric: we're all watching, we're engaged and we'll all want to see that. but kimberly, should the c.i.a. allow hollywood inside their doors, inside their files? what is the up side? >> kimberly: there isn't up side except people who produce the movie will get paid and investors are lucky enough to get in on it financially will be paid off. people are entertained but to what expense to our national security? this is a movie they should haven't had the access to the file torse documents. jeopardize potential operation in field. now it's reckless, irresponsible and glorify the administration for a cull that was one that needed to happen but don't pat yourself on the back. >> eric: i have a big problem with our own c.i
the cia gave her to say and no more. for that he charges susan rice, in the words of the new york post, being fried. political fight fans on the tabloids relish this extreme combat what should be a good person's judgment? that's my question tonight. is susan rice now a surrogate for the president, someone to take the punishment when others above her pay grade should be answering the questions, or is she accountable for going on national television knowing she can't tell the whole truth because it's classified? let's begin with senator susan collins, republican of maine. i guess it's the toughest question in the world, senator, and that is, do you believe that susan rice, the u.n. ambassador, knowingly covered up a breach of national security? >> well, let me say this, chris, our purpose is to understand the security failure in benghazi. what the administration told the american public about it. and how we can learn lessons to keep our personnel safer in the future. so that's my interest and goal in this situation. i think indeed ambassador rice herself has admitted that the information
meeting, the director of the cia told us that the changes in these talking points had come from the fbi, and then called us back a number of hours later and said, no, it was done by the cia. do you mean that all these weeks later they still don't know who made the changes in the talking points? and why is that important? because the impression that the american people got from ambassador rice's comments, that this was a spontaneous demonstration, triggered by a hateful video, that was not true. finally, by the way, after our meeting, ambassador rice admitted for the first time that that was not true. so it -- >> greta: why didn't she admit that six weeks ago? that's what i don't understand. you have to pull every single detail out of it. she should have said that six weeks ago. why not say it publicly? why is it behind closed doors with senators? >> we still don't who made the changes in the talking points. i asked the director of the cia how many analysts are there in the cia. i don't think this is classified. he said 2,500. now, wouldn't you think that one of those analysts would have
than her is cia acting director mike morrell. he could end up the real political loser in all this. his confirmation hearing could be the one that is the true proxy fight on all this if he ends up the president's choice to head up the cia which a lot of people say, frankly, he may be. >>> there's another big story out there around the world that will have some political and other ramifications. palestinians go to the united nations today in an attempt to upgrade their status in the eyes of the global community. the u.s. says it won't help its bid to establish a palestinian stateside by side with israel. >> we oppose palestinian efforts to upgrade their status at the u.n. outside of the framework of negotiations to achieve a two-state solution because no matter what happens at the united nations, it will not produce the outcome that this government -- this president and certainly i strongly support. >> nbc's martin fletcher is live for us in tel aviv. martin, it's nothing new that israel ends up losing p.r. battles with the united nations. this is sort of what's happened over the years.
changed the talking point as we understand it, perhaps to take out what the c.i.a. believed and what other intelligence sources believed indicating this was not just a spontaneous up rising or protest. those are legitimate questions, but they have nothing to do with susan rice and the disconnect just continues to mystify me that the media and the public seem to think that susan rice is a focal point almost venom more the republicans senate. >> she equates the appearance of a sunday show after the tragedy where four people were killed as a political appearance as opposed a senior leader of the administration trying to explain exactly what happened, and reflecting on the tragedy. i think it's a curious attack on susan rice today. but at the end of the day i think there will be answers to these questions. i certainly don't think that the white house has been helpful to susan rice in the sense that yesterday she went up with the acting c.i.a. director to try to clarify who did what then only then to have an issue a clarification in the afternoon that she might have misis misspoken during the e
a kelly ayotte who talked about originally when miss rice came to capitol hill to meet with her the cia acting director who was with her said it was the fbi who changed the talking points to remove the reference to al qaeda having been the ones behind that attack on our consulate. then later in the day they said they got a call from the acting cia director and miss rice saying that was the wrong information. it wasn't the fbi, it was us, the cia who changed the talking points. there is still a question about who specifically did it. has any light been shed on that? >> they are doing internal review of that and putting together a time line exactly who looked at the talking points and made that change to kind of reveal that information. but really the question is who gave those talking points to ambassador rice, who did direct the entire effort of changing the narrative. in the end i think what this is all about is this president and this administration -- somebody running for reelection didn't want the narrative that we killed bin laden and al qaeda was decimated. because al qaeda isn't
cia career. in a letter to a fellow general, petraeus says his wife, holly, is not kicking him out, despite the affair. he says resigning as head of the spy agency was simply the right thing to do. now, james shelton, that's the general who got the letter, blames paula broadwell for the affair. he says broadwell was a savvy woman who knew a lot more about matters of the heart. >>> with the fiscal cliff looming in just over a month, high-level negotiators meet today on capitol hill. one republican is suggesting that instead of risking a tax increase on everyone, it would be better to let tax increases for the top 2% of earners go up. but the top gop leader in the house says that's a no-go. >> the goal here is to control the economy and control spending. you're not going to grow the economy if you raise tax rates on the top two rates. it will hurt small businesses. it will hurt our economy. why? this is not the right approach. >> reporter: boehner and president obama said they are optimistic that a deal can be reached by christmas. >>> turning overseas to egypt, where opponents of pr
from the cia was the right thing to do. he talked to "good morning america" about what he thought about the affair. >> i don't think she wove a web around dave and dragged him in i don't think that at all. i think it was mutual that he wasn't looking for it, it happened women >> petraeus talked about -- shelton talked about petraeus' wife holly saying he's fortunate to be married to such a forgiving woman. earlier he blamed broadwell for the affair and said his friend was the innocent one. >>> medical center in castro valley gearing up for big move this saturday, rain or shine doctors will transfer 65 patients from the old hospital to the new one. officials have built a covered walkway between the facilities in case of rain. the 320 million dollar hospital was built to meet california's seismic safety law. >>> filmmaker george lucas is moving forward with a plan that will bring a new park. donating vacant building downtown san anselmo. he has filed for a permit to demolish the building and make way for the new park, it will include bronze statues of indiana jones and yoda. expect today
that cost the cia director his job. for the first time, we're hearing from the general himself about his affair with paula broadwell, in a letter to a friend and fellow general, he admits he, quote, screwed up royally. and abc's martha raddatz has the details from washington. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning, george. petraeus has talked largely through surrogates in the past few weeks. but now, he is communicating directly to friends. telling them his family will survive this. for the first time since he resigned as director of the cia, we're hearing from a seemingly candid general david petraeus, writing in a personal letter to one of his former mentors. >> he said, dear jim. i can't thank you enough for your note, kind words, and support. i can't tell you how much it all meant. i screwed up royally. i paid the price, appropriately. >> reporter: long-retired brigadier general james shelton, says he's been friends with petraeus for more than three decades and reached out to him after he resigned. last week, he says petraeus wrote this note back. >> team petraeus will survi
, was on his way out as the commanding general of our war at the cia. because of that affair scandal, david petraeus, is already gone. lee on pan non panetta may stay. he may be replaced by john kerry or chuck hagel or top pentagon official, ashton carter or michelle flouryon. the special envoy to afghanistan and pakistan, mark grossman, the man that took over after richard holbrooke died. he too is stepping down from that onvy to afghanistan and pakistan. hillary clinton may be replaced by susan rice or somebody else. hillary clinton says she, herself, will not be staying on for the second term. so if you just want to focus on the war for a second, it is all change in terms of the leadership for the top officials in year 12 of america's longest war. all change for everybody in top roles there except for the president and the vice president and the 66,000 americans who are still in afghanistan fighting that war. america's war in afghanistan is not due to end this year or next year. it is not due to end until the end of the year after that, at the end of 2014. that's the date by which presid
. petraeus told him in a letter resigning from the cia was the right thing to do. >>> u.n. ambassador rice is facing more republican criticism for statements she made following the consulate attack in libya. rice met with senate republicans over the past two days to answer their questions. this latest opposition comes from moderate republican senator susan collins of maine over whether rice should be nominated to be the next secretary of state. the two had a private meeting yesterday and collins says, she questioned rice on her term as assistant secretary for african affairs in the clinton administration. >>> your morning commute, mostly dry. what about your afternoon commute? traffic and weather together next on the abc7 morning news looking good on the golden gate bridge. meteorologist lisa argen will have your full for . also will check in with sue hall. >>> maker of iphone, ipad and other gadgets >>> good thursday morning. wet pavement in the north bay some spreading south into marin county highway 101 by cloverdale wet with light showers also clear lake and we've had a few showers int
to go after the u.n. ambassador for not probing the intelligence that was given to her by the cia. after all, let's not forget that the director of the cia himself at the time as well as the director of national intelligence, the top intelligence officials of the nation both believed when she went on the talk shows, they believe it began as a protest. the intelligence community was wrong. i hardly think it's fair to suggest she had better information than the head of the cia. >> for some reason susan rice is having a hard time convincing senators of the point she made. she met with susan colins of maine considered a moderate who said she would have trouble supporting susan rice if she's nominated as secretary of state. to get her through you need five republican votes. if you don't have susan collins, who are you going to get? >> hopefully we would have susan colin ifs the president nominates the ambassador. senator collins has not said she would oppose the nomination. she said she want wants more information. i agree with the white house. there isn't likely to be a change in the fact he
with him yesterday. you know what? i'm voting for cia. he is my guy. i want him to be person of the year because that would send "time" magazine a message stop screwing around. if barack obama doesn't win person of the year i will be surprised. yes "time" nominated mitt romney but he he has no chance. neither does hillary clinton who is somewhat responsible for the libyan mess. bill clinton is on the list. i would vote for jay-z over the president. no to bill clinton sea brilliant man. why would he be person of the year? for what. you can see we are living in a very shallow time in america. pardon the pun. truth is, we have very few dynamic leaders in this country where is abe lincoln when we need him. like 1860 america is a divided nation there is a culture war raging. we need a person to bring us together to solve complicated problems and stop all the nonsense. lincoln could have done it. republic-- strike that gist and kirsten powers the democrat and fox news analyst. who is your person of the year? >> while using "time" magazine's criteria which doesn't mean it's necessarily a person
a close friend he screwed up royally. the former cia director wrote a letter last week and revealed his wife did not kick him out of the house and says that marriage will survive. >>> joe biden engaged in an extended shopping spree at grand opening of a new costco store in d.c. walked in flashing his card, allowed cheers and stopped for hugs with shoppers. >>> mitt romney won gq honors. one of the least influential people, listed as number one but according to gq, there's no particular order to the list because, as they say, all zeros are created equally. that's going wrap things up for me. "now" is next.an p-d-p gives you a low $18.50 monthly plan premium... and select generic hypertension drugs available for only a penny... so you can focus on what really matters. call humana at 1-800-808-4003. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." share "just right." the share everything plan. sharable data across 10 devices with unlimited talk and text. get a droid razr m by motorola for $49.99. >>> to the victor go the spoils. t
think. >>> also making news this morning, former cia chief david petraeus now says about his affair with paula broadwell, quote, i screwed up royally. nbc news has learned that he said that in a letter to a colleague. he also said i paid the price appropriately and i south ght to the right thing at the end of the day. take a look at this heart warming picture. it's gone viral. a tourist snapped this shot of a police officer giving a new pair of boots to a barefoot homeless man on a cold night. the officer says after passing the man, he went to a nearby store and bought the boots. the picture has been viewed by almost 2 million people and it has more than 325,000 likes. wow. >>> the office holiday party is making a comeback. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> after years of belt tightening, apparently close to 83% of 100 human resources managers surveyed said their companies will host an event this year, including 10% who didn't have a party last year because of the economy. admittedly these might be more modest affairs. think maybe a pot luck lunch, maybe just dri
created for her by having the affair. he says resignation of head of the cia was the right thing to do. >> nice save. >>> another key republican lawmaker is challenging the possible nomination of susan rice as the next secretary of state. senator susan collins of maine emerged from a 90-minute closed door meeting with the ambassador voicing some new criticism of her initial account about libya. secretary of state clinton and president obama meanwhile are continuing to stand by rice. >> i still have many questions that remain unanswered. >> susan rice is extraordinary. couldn't be prouder of the job she has done in u.s. congress. >> reporter: massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate john kerry is now emerging as a new favorite for the job. senator collins said she would not have -- that kerry would not have any trouble winning confirmation. >> interesting there. >> yeah, it is. >> signal. >> also, what you are seeing in politics is fascinating. now speculation out there the reason the republicans are trying to derail susan price is that john kerry will get it next which f
by the way talking points were prepared by the intelligence agencies. we do know that is it the c.i.a. or the fbi, one or the other deleted any reference to possible terrorist activity at the time because they didn't want to trigger or let people know that's what they were looking into but again she's not the one that wrote the talking points or edited the talking points. she also said at the time look, these may not prove to be true down the road but this is what we've got so far. >> that's right. my impression of this is yours which is that she read from prepared talking points and delivered messages that had been vetted and developed by the intelligence community in what was a chaotic and rapidly developing situation. it became clear fairly quickly that the attack on the benghazi consulate was a premeditated effort by terrorists. the president used the word terrorist actions the next day. and this isn't something -- this isn't iran-contra. this wasn't concealed for six months or a year. there wasn't complete disavow o
much about this. he has had a few public remarks, but, you know, even today white house and cia lawyers don't admit to this at all. >> you have the drones in the united states that are being used for surveillance. do you think there should be two sets of rules, those that are used inside the country in surveillance and those that are targeting the militants outside? >> sure. i mean, any critic will tell you that we already have rules for drones abroad, and that's international law. by 2015 the faa wants to totally include drones into domestic airspace, be it for surveillance or just for the so-called triple d we will need guidelines there. >> it's a fascinating documentary. it should also be noted too that it was president bush who essentially started the drone program and it has been expanded under president obama. brian, thanks again. appreciate it. >> thank you so much. >> sure. >>> it's a campaign promise that the president has not been able to keep. closing the prison at guantanamo bay. there's a new report that suggests this could change. [ female announcer ] imagine skin so healt
of the clinton administration. we also worked closely when i was director of the cia and had a number of meetings in that capacity and certainly now as secretary defense. since i became secretary of defense, we have been in regular communication and have built a strong working relationship. i could not have more respect for he is brilliant, strategic mind. he has one of the best in the business. it stems from a warrior heart and his warrior experience. he has had a lifelong and to protecting the state of israel -- lifelong commitment to protecting the state of israel. a few people have such far- reaching and positive impacts on israeli security and prosperity. i have to say on that u.s.- isreali relationship, it is the strongest -- the relationship between the united states and israel is stronger than any time in history based on our relationship and based on the assistance that we are providing. because of his lifetime public service, whether as a young commander or chief of the general staff or as prime minister or minister of defense, i believe that israeli people are safer and more secure. in
out to be from cia director david petraeus' mistress. allen, whose nomination to be military chief of nato is on hold, faces uncertainty. no one knows what the investigation will recommend. high profile problems with some of america's most senior military officers now a matter for the white house. this week president obama is to receive an initial report from the pentagon on fixing ethics training for senior officers. the majority of them do obey the rules, but it may not be enough. >> but if there's a perception of a problem with the american public for the military, then there's a big problem. >> reporter: mark says there are no excuses. >> clearly everybody knows that when you pick up a cell phone, put something down on the internet, you are subject to monitoring. >> reporter: the navy just fired two top officials at its prestigious postgraduate school in monterey, california. officials say they deliberately mismanaged money. rear admiral charles goet this month relieved of duty as a strike group sailing in the middle east. a military official told cnn there were multiple compla
at the news desk. good morning. >> good morning, everyone. >>> ex-cia chief general david petraeus spoke out about his affair with biographer paula broadwell in a letter to his colleague james shelton nbc news has learned this morning. in the november 20th note, petraeus says, quote, i screwed up royally and tells shelton, quote, i paid the price appropriately and i sought to do the right thing at the end of the day. petraeus also praises his wife for standing by him. the affair brought about petraeus' resignation earlier this month. >>> renewed fears this morning that egypt could be on the verge of a second popular revolution as mohamed morsi addresses the nation today calling for unity. nationwide protests have turned violent and even deadly as demonstrators blast morsi's decree last week that gave him virtually absolute power. >>> the united nations is set to recognize palestine as a state today with overwhelming support from the general assembly. the palestinians will ask for recognition as a non-member state. a similar designation is held by the vatican. but israel and the u.s. are opp
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